"If you are flipping through the channels. I will be on Rachel Maddow at 615 PST," read Mayor Gavin Newsom's prefered form of communication. And so he was, doing a decent job too. (Say what you will about Gavin, but he is as camera-ready as they come.) Newsom chatted with MSNBC's sharpest media darling about LGBT rights, same-sex marriage in Iowa, his run for governor, and more.

Since Maddow is in town for a bit -- your invite for a night of heavy drinking at The Lexington Club must've gotten lost in our spam filter, Rachel! -- she also found the time to interview Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. Clearly a fan of the San Rafael-based band, Ulrich's presence rendered Maddow downright adorable. Aw.